Primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh, has warned that Nigeria must fashion a way to rekindle the selfless nature of its citizenry as well as the Christian virtue of humility and sacrifice if the country must survive.
In a sermon he delivered at the funeral of a former Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Most Reverend Abiodun Adetiloye, held at the St. Paul’s Millennium Anglican Church, Odo-Owa in Ijero Local Government Area of Ekiti State, the cleric contended that unless Nigerians repented and returned to the values of God, the country would not make any headway.
Okoh, who took his sermon from 2 Timothy 4: 7 and 8, noted: “We are not here to help Archbishop Adetiloye but to help ourselves to see if we can realign with God and make a meaning of our life.”
While calling on Nigerians to return to God, the Primate said “the church today is highly criticised because many of us who profess Christ are very poor images of Christ.”
He charged Christian leaders in the country to mount a campaign against societal evils, beginning with their congretations, saying “otherwise civil society organisations will take over their responsibility and they may be speaking out on moral and societal grounds but not spiritual.”
He described the late Adetiloye as a committed and prayerful evangelist who “waged war against augmenting the power of God with some other powers.” He described the deceased cleric as a “courageous prophet of the church who was not afraid to speak the truth to the authorities and stood firm in it.”
Okoh cautioned the Anglican faithful not to allow a re-entry of occultism into the church “in the guise of cultural revival.”
At the service were General Adeyinka Adebayo (retired); ex-governors Niyi Adebayo, Ayo Fayose, Segun Oni; retired Primate Peter Akinola and numerous other dignitaries. President Goodluck Jonathan was represented by the Minister of Police Affairs, Navy Captain Caleb Olubolade (rtd.)
Jonathan described the late Adetiloye as an epitome of service and humility, adding that a lot of lessons could be learnt from his life and times.
He added that the late primate was a man of peace whose life exemplified great accomplishments when he served as a vicar, provost, bishop, archbishop and primate.
Governor Kayode Fayemi described the late primate as “a dependable leader worthy of emulation,” adding that his life was “one totally dedicated to the service of God and mankind.”
He noted that though the late Adetiloye was not a politician, he had successfully united Ekiti people regardless of party affiliation, as seen in the calibre of politicians who attended his burial.